Surveillance, at least to some extent, suggests finding out private information. Flip the question: is it surveillance if it simply collects/aggregates public information? That question may depend on how we define what is, or isn’t, public. The following article examines that question. The second article is one writer’s thoughts and experiences after reading the first article. Use what they say as an analytical framework to examine both your case, and the cases you encounter when you’re Neg. If your opponents haven’t thought out the public/privacy distinctions well enough or consistently enough, you get to point that out. That won’t be good for them.
I’ve posted about the AT&T link to the NSA before; here’s the ProPublica report from which other stories seem to have gotten their information.